This isn’t a personal type of inspiration, but I have to say that what I’ve read today is quite inspiring about the future of this country. And it came (at least for myself – slightly to the right of the political center) from someplace I wouldn’t have expected it.
Particularly their year-end Issues 2008 edition, which came back here from overseas after Christmas – I just happened to pick it up today and have a bit of a read through of it, and what was in there was a pleasant surprise. The theme of the magazine is how the US can come back to the forefront in the world’s eyes – including guest columns from people ranging from John McCain and Barack Obama to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and even one of the creators of Kazaa and Skype, Niklas Zennström.
However, the one article that caught my eye (mainly because it was the article at the center of the magazine which was split up by an “Executive Life” section) was one about how the US is quietly on the road to energy independence and reducing our use of oil. Written as a Memo to the next President, Amory Lovins details how we are actually using a significantly lower amount of energy in 2006 than we were using in 1975. Not only that, we actually saved enough energy in 2005 to power the whole of the European Union, and then some!
The most amazing thing, though, is that the companies who are doing this – completely voluntarily, mind you – are still making billions of dollars in profits.
As the last line of the introduction to the magazine says, “A free exchange of ideas is more important today than ever.” The exchange of ideas in this particular magazine is wide ranging, and a very interesting one to read.
I don’t know if it’s available domestically, but if you can get your hands on a copy (or just have a perusal of some of the articles on the site – it’s not all of them, but quite a few of them are up there), you should do so.